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About

Sammons Jazz is the most widely recognized jazz performance series in North Texas. For the past 30 years, the series has presented a who’s who of local jazz legends and rising stars, more than 1,000 artists, and counting. Jazz fans can enjoy all styles of jazz, from big band and bebop to swing and Latin, on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December.

Each concert begins at 7:30 pm and generally features two groups with a brief intermission between sets. A buffet-style meal is provided. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center for the Arts, open at 7:00 pm Seating is open, dress is business casual or casual.

Performing at Sammons Jazz: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in a variety of jazz styles. To be considered as a performer, please send your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to arlington@sammonsartcenter.org

February 5

JAZZ OF THE COOL
February 5, 2020 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Jazz trumpeter Rodney Booth and his quartet kick off the spring season with an homage to legends Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. The second set features the Shelley Carrol Quartet in a spectacular tribute to Texas Tenor Arnett Cobb.

March 4

LEIGH TOMLINSON MEMORIAL CONCERT
March 4, 2020 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Held to honor the memory of jazz singer and Sammons Jazz volunteer Leigh Tomlinson, the concert opens with the extraordinary vocalist Audra Scott and the Curtis Bradshaw Octet, led by composer/arranger Curtis Bradshaw.

Pianist/composer Rebecca Cordes fronts Rebecca Cordes & Friends, featuring three amazing vocalists, to present “Sophisticated Ladies: The Hits of Broadway, Jazz Style” in the second set.

April 1

JAZZ VIGNETTES
April 1, 2020 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Celebrated jazz guitarist Todd Parsnow leads the Todd Parsnow Quartet in an opening set reminiscent of Joe Pass and Herb Ellis.

The Ron and the Rowdies Dixieland Band, fronted by drummer Ron Fink, let the good times roll in a rousing second set.

May 6

SAMMONS JAZZ ARTISTIC DIRECTORS CONCERT
May 6, 2020 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones presents a double feature, opening with “Soul Unity Suite,” his jazz composition for piano, cello, and drumset. In the second set, Arlington performs excerpts from his jazz opera work-in-progress as a sneak peek before the premiere.

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About

Sammons Cabaret is a New York-style cabaret performance series launched in the Spring of 2012 featuring top local vocal performers. The series showcases local artists in an intimate, elegant setting where the artist is the focal point. It is an intensely personal evening of song and stories, where the audience participates in a direct, emotional conversation with the artist.

The Carson Series of Sammons Cabaret, sponsored by Judy and Royal Carson, features top local vocalists performing music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes, torch songs, and other standards.

Presented in the intimate setting of Kurth Hall on the third Thursday of the month, February through May and September through December, each concert begins at 8:00 pm and consists of two sets with a brief intermission between sets. Refreshments are served from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm and again during intermission. Doors to Kurth Hall, located on the fourth floor of the historic Sammons Center, open at 7:30 pm

Performing at Sammons Cabaret: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. To be considered as a performer, please forward your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to info@sammonsartcenter.org

January 24

ASTRID MERRIMAN CABARET & CABERNET FETE
January 24, 2020 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Beginning with a wine tasting, the Astrid Merriman Cabaret & Cabernet Fete is a semi-annual evening of fine music and fine wines highlighted by a cabaret singer showcase. The showcase features more than ten of the DFW area’s top vocalists, each performing one song from the Great American Songbook, a Broadway show, a jazz standard, or even a pop classic. The popular Larry Petty Combo accompanies many of the singers.

Reserved tables of six guests cost $400; reserved tables of eight guests cost $500. Admission for all guests includes the wine tasting, cabaret showcase, light appetizers, other beverages, and valet parking. Tables hosts also receive a gift certificate for two tickets to a Sammons Cabaret and a CD by a local cabaret artist.

Click here to sample the Cabaret & Cabernet experience. For more information, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788 or email info@sammonsartcenter.org.

February 20

PEGGY LAUREN LOHR: Songs from the Red Carpet
February 20, 2020 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Bestowing Hollywood glamor on Sammons Cabaret, the marvelous Peggy Lauren Lohr opens the spring season with “Songs from the Red Carpet,” in honor of this month’s OSCARS® ceremony. She and her accompanist/husband, pianist Bill Lohr, are no strangers to that glittering event, having performed at the ACADEMY AWARDS® Governors’ Ball.

March 19

ANGIE MCWHIRTER
March 19, 2020 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

The multi-talented Angie McWhirter (her Twitter profile lists mother, wife, singer, crafter, child care trainer, and jack-of-all-trades) is also a sought-after cabaret performer. Her gifts of song and positive spirit, which sparkled at Cabaret & Cabernet in 2019, are matched by her mastery of multiple genres, which she demonstrates this month in “Little Bit Country, Little Bit Cabaret.”

April 16

CHRISTOPHER DEATON
April 16, 2020 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Actor/singer Christopher Deaton earned enthusiastic applause for his performance of Loewe and Lerner’s “If Ever I Would Leave You” at Cabaret & Cabernet last August. Currently general manager of the acclaimed Lyric Stage, Christopher’s formidable talent prompted a critic to declare “Deaton’s name and voice deserve to be all over the city.” We are sure you will agree!

May 21

DAVID SLATER
May 21, 2020 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Singer. Songwriter, Pianist. Oh, and the male vocalist champion of TV’s Star Search, too. David Slater, who had several Capitol Records projects reach the charts, has worked with entertainers like Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Wayne Newton. Today, he indulges his love of “the old stuff” by performing and recording music from the Great American Songbook.

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About

Sammons Discovery launched in 2016 to showcase the unique music artists and music of North Texas. From mandolin orchestras and jazz harp ensembles to percussionists and guitarists whose repertoires span multiple genres, the series has proven to be a special performance experience for the artists and audiences alike.

Presented in the historic setting of Meadows Hall on select Fridays, each concert begins at 8:00 pm and consists of two sets with a brief intermission between sets. Refreshments are served from 7:30 pm through intermission. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center, open at 7:30 pm

Performing at Sammons Discovery: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. To be considered as a performer, please forward your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to info@sammonsartcenter.org

May 29

Since its introduction in 2016, Sammons Discovery has offered audiences the best of unique musicians, instruments, and genres. Coming next: the world music of Impending Bloom. The band features lifelong musician and band founder Craig Shropshire on udu/clay pot drums, tabla, and more; Martin McCall, who plays instruments ranging from the taiko to the doumbek; world flute virtuoso, pianist, and keyboardist Cornell Kinderknecht; Don Vitsentzos, who plays many types of guitars; and electric bass guitarist/vocalist Sam Sage Johnson.

Sammons Discovery concerts begin at 8  p.m. in Meadows Hall; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $40 per person and includes valet parking, beverages, and light appetizers. Seating is open.

Sammons Center for the Arts programs depend on both individual and corporate donors like you. Thank you for your support of the best Jazz and Cabaret performances in town! Please see sponsorship opportunities below:

Underwrite a Concert

Sponsorships for Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret or Sammons Center Discovery Concerts start at $1500.  These concerts provide a unique opportunity for your company to combine client development with the support of the arts in Dallas.  The friendly, non-commercial setting creates an informal atmosphere in which your company’s executives and clients can be entertained and enjoy a company-sponsored event.

SAMMONS JAZZ is a complete evening entertainment package including free valet parking, complimentary beverages, and dinner, and, of course, the best live jazz entertainment in Dallas.  Your company will continue to enhance its reputation for investing in quality while receiving benefits and prominent recognition.  SAMMONS CABARET AND SAMMONS CENTER DISCOVERY provide unique custom-tailored sponsorship opportunities that also include complimentary valet parking, refreshments, and beverages.  For more information please complete the Inquiry Form or call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

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Hours of Operation

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:                       Closed

Building Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday:                       Noon – 8:00 pm  (Closed on Sundays in June, July, and August)

The building is closed on select holidays including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For specific holiday closings, call (214) 520-7788.

Directions

The Sammons Center for the Arts is located at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, between North Houston Street and Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas, TX. The driveway to the building is accessible from the right lane of northbound Harry Hines Blvd. From southbound Harry Hines Blvd., make a U-turn at N. Houston St. (this is a signal-protected turn).

Parking

There are 58 surface parking lot spaces adjacent to the building and 37 additional spaces below the Dallas North Tollway overpass and near North Houston Street. For guests attending Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret, and Sammons Discovery performances, complimentary valet parking is included in admission.

Resident arts organizations and other groups renting the Sammons Center are encouraged to purchase valet services. Guests attending an event presented by a resident or other group at the Center may visit the Partner Events page or contact the presenting organization to confirm parking options.

Accessibility

All levels of the Sammons Center are accessible to wheelchair users and others with special needs. From the sidewalk on Harry Hines Blvd., an accessible ramp is located at the northwest corner of the building. Handicap parking is available in the Center lot. All restrooms have fully accessible stalls. Certified service animals are welcome.

What can I expect at a concert?

Casual atmosphere, dress is typically business casual. Sammons Jazz: Reception on the second floor from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by buffet-style dinner and beverages upon entering Meadows Hall at 7:00 pm. Table seating for 2 – 8 people (first-come, first-served). Sammons Cabaret: Beverages and hors-d’oeuvres reception from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the second floor, followed by the concert in Kurth Hall at 8:00 pm. Food and beverages are allowed in Kurth Hall; seating provides small side tables for placing refreshments. Each concert includes a brief intermission.

Concert Attire

Dress is typically business casual although some Sammons Cabaret attendees do wear cocktail attire.

What is included in the price of my ticket?

Sammons Jazz: Complimentary valet, buffet-style meal, and beverages.
Sammons Cabaret: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.
Sammons Discovery: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.

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